South Africa

Johannesburg (AFP) South Africa has launched proceedings to strip the permanent residency status of one of the lynchpins of a controversial Indian business family accused of corruption, an official said on Sunday. Ajay Gupta, a fugitive sought by police over alleged graft, now faces the prospect of losing access to banking facilities as well as his South African identity papers if his residency is rescinded. Ajay is one of three Indian-born Gupta brothers who are among South Africa’s richest people who are now being investigated by police over corruption allegations.Read More
Port Elizabeth (South Africa) (AFP) AB de Villiers said he felt that he needed to prove he was still worth his place in the South African team, after continuing his return to Test cricket with a match-changing hundred against Australia. De Villiers made a magnificent 126 not out and took South Africa to a likely series-levelling position on the third day of the second Test against Australia at St George’s Park on Sunday. After taking a first-innings lead of 139, South Africa reduced Australia to 180 for five at theRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) Victims of the world’s worst listeriosis outbreak in South Africa will be invited to sue the owner of the factory named as the source, a human rights lawyer said Sunday. Attorney Richard Spoor confirmed that his firm would file a class action suit against Tiger Brands whose facility was last weekend officially revealed to be the origin of the listeria epidemic that has claimed 180 lives. He predicted that, if the litigation is successful, damages of tens of millions of dollars could be awarded to victims and theRead More
Centurion (South Africa) (AFP) South African President and ruling ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa stepped up the charm offensive Sunday to lure firebrand Julius Malema back to the party he was expelled from in 2012. Ahead of a general election due in 2019, a weekend-long voter registration drive was underway across South Africa on Saturday and Sunday, prompting a flurry of political manoeuvering. Malema founded the radical opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) after he was removed from the African National Congress (ANC) along with a number of allies. His party nowRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) Democratic Republic of Congo opposition groups rallied behind exiled figure Moise Katumbi at talks in South Africa on Saturday aimed at forging a united front to fight elections due by the end of the year. Exiled Katumbi led dozens of opposition leaders at the three-day meeting in Johannesburg to map out a strategy for the planned December 23 election to replace President Joseph Kabila. “What brings us here is the rejection of the dictatorship that has taken root in our beautiful country and the desire to build aRead More
Port Elizabeth (South Africa) (AFP) Australia fought back on the second day of the second Test but could not stop AB de Villiers taking South Africa into a slender first innings lead at St George’s Park on Saturday. South Africa were 263 for seven at the close, a lead of 20 runs after Australia were bowled out for 243 in their first innings. There was a flurry of wickets after tea but De Villiers counter-attacked to hit 74 not out off 81 balls with easily the most aggressive batting ofRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) Canada went to court in South Africa Friday to ground a private jet used by the Gupta business family which has been accused of corruptly influencing former president Jacob Zuma. Export Development Canada (EDC), the country’s state-run trade credit agency, alleges the controversial family’s businesses defaulted on a $41 million loan for the Bombardier Global 6000 which subsequently disappeared. The Canadian-built aircraft’s public tracking device was deactivated on February 4, the court heard. “As we sit today, my client cannot tell where the aircraft is,” EDC’s lawyer AlfredRead More
Midrand (South Africa) (AFP) Shana Power, South Africa’s first female amateur mixed martial arts champion, has been defying gender stereotypes in the world of combat sport for five years. Power said that prominent female competitors like US star Holly Holm had inspired her passion for the sport and that she now hopes to motivate others to take it up. “I’ve inspired people around me, I’ve been supported by people I trained with so I’ve had a good experience. I’ve only had positive feedback from people around me,” she told AFPRead More
Cape Town (AFP) Cape Town will not be forced to shut-off normal water supplies in 2018 in response to a three-year-long drought as previously feared, the region’s governing party said Wednesday. Mmusi Maimane, who leads the Democratic Alliance which controls both the Cape Town city council and the wider Western Cape province, said that a 60 percent reduction in consumption averted the shut-off. “Provided we continue consuming water at current levels, and we receive decent winter rainfall this year, ‘Day Zero’ will not occur in 2018. This means the tapsRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) Angolan prosecutors appeared to waver on Monday in their pursuit of prominent human rights activist and journalist Rafael Marques de Morais who faces charges of subversion, defence sources said. The charges relate to a story Marques, 46, wrote in 2016 about the country’s former attorney general’s purchase of rural land designated for urban development. A court in Luanda postponed the case indefinitely, De Morais’s lawyer Horacio Junjuvili told AFP by telephone. De Morais was charged with insulting public authority after alleging that the attorney general exploited the country’sRead More